East Japanese Restaurant
Nearby Subway Stops
4, 5, 6 at 59th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
- Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
- Sake and Soju
- Full Bar
45th St. to 65th St., Fifth Ave. to Twelfth Ave.
This venue is closed.
The Japanese chainlet East serves an array of sushi and appetizers like inside-out tuna maki with a mild mayonnaise sauce and scallions, glistening eel, sweet rice balls thickly spread with chestnut paste. There's edamame to munch on, plus seaweed salad, battered fish cakes, and sweet pastel-colored mochi balls. On the full menu are reliable mainstays, such as chicken yakitori, delicately sautéed vegetable gyoza, and rather heavily battered tempura served with a tangy ponzu sauce. Bento boxes, with hot and cold dishes, are popular. If you're blessed with children who love raw fish, this is a fun place for them to watch the sushi chef in action. And because prices are relatively gentle, you can keep shopping afterwardsExtra
East also serves Asari Jiru, a smokey miso soup with clamshells at the bottom of the bowl. The shellfish are a nod to the bounty of seafood available in the port city of Tokyo.
The flagship branch of East at 366 Third Ave. has conveyer-belt service where you grab small plates from a passing belt as whimsy strikes.
Beef negimaki, $15; vegetable gyoza, $5; salmon skin roll, $3.50 for 3 pieces
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